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Melting of ice sheets in Greenland and West Antarctica, a 3-foot rise in sea level by 2100?

Flooded homes in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, June 14, 2008. Days after it rose out of its banks on its way to record flooding, Cedar River has forced at least 24,000 people from their homes.

3,900 homes were evacuated from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where rescuers removed people with boats, officials estimated 100 blocks were underwater, and a railroad bridge over the flooded Cedar River collapsed.

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For years, scientists have talked about rising sea levels due to global warming - both from warm water expanding and the melt of ice sheets in Greenland and West Antarctica. Predictions for the average worldwide sea rise keep changing along with the rate of ice melt. Recently, more scientists are saying the situation has worsened so that a 3-foot rise in sea level by 2100 is becoming a common theme.

An aerial image of downtown shows flood-affected areas June 13, 2008 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  read more »

Maldives cabinet meeting chaired by President, took place around table 16ft underwater, bubbles ascended from scuba masks

Maldivian president Mohammed Nasheed and his ministers signed a document calling on all countries to cut their carbon dioxide emissions

Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed swims to the first underwater cabinet meeting in the Maldives. Right, the president tries on diving gear before the historic meeting

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Asked what would happen if Copenhagen fails, the president said, "we are all going to die."

The Maldives government has made an eye-catching plea for climate change action by holding the world's first underwater cabinet meeting.

Politicians from the Indian Ocean island nation donned scuba gear this morning to send a message to world leaders ahead of December's UN climate change conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. The meeting, chaired by President Mohamed Nasheed, took place around a table about 16 feet (5 meters) underwater. Bubbles ascended from the face masks the president and the Cabinet wore, and fish swam around them.  read more »

Merrier and freer on car-free days. "In town without my car!" European Mobility Week in over 2000 cities & towns

European Mobility Week: opportunity for European cities and towns to participate to the most widespread event on sustainable mobility

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After the organization of two successful "In town without my car!" events in the whole of Europe, the year 2002 marked the start of a new initiative, the European Mobility Week! From 16 to 22 September 2009 the European Mobility Week was the opportunity for European cities and towns to participate to the most widespread event on sustainable mobility. A full week of events dedicated to sustainable mobility has been organized in more than 2000 cities and towns.

car-free week, Graz, Austria

European Mobility Week: Vilnius, Lithuania

car-free week, Requena, Spain

European Mobility Week: Budapest, Hungary

Swansea, United Kingdom - European Mobility Week 2009  read more »

488 hrs of footage, shocking aerial shots - Earth depleted & destroyed fast & faster - docu film HOME'09 covers 50 nations

Home is a 2009 documentary by Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Faster & faster. In the last 50 years, massive depletion of Earth has been destroying a fragile balance in Nature, essential to life, putting all human beings in check: shall we act before too late to save Earth, home for all? ... Ice is melting, poles diminishing, sea level rising, Greenland fresh water pouring into the ocean & becoming salt water, severe draughts lingering, 1 out of 10 major rivers incapable of reaching the sea, 20% of Amazon deforested due to demand on soy manufacturing to feed livestock... What is the real terror threatening our home, depriving our children’s chance to survive? It is the destructive depletion of Earth that has been destroying our planet, faster & faster. Driven by Greed. Shall we act before too late to save Earth, home of all?

(click on image to see the documentary on Youtube)

HOME shows the diversity of life on Earth and how humanity is threatening the ecological balance of the planet.

Spend wise - Guardian to Purse; waste less - Angel to Earth. Poll: protecting the planet given priority over economy growth

'Spend wise - Guardian to Purse; waste less - Angel to Earth.' - LuCxeed

"Do well by doing good." - Ben Franklin
"Spend wise - Guardian to Purse;
waste less - Angel to Earth." - LuCxeed

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The power of the purse is the most democratic power of all. Global warming & great recession sees the rise of ethical consumerism.

The rise of ethical consumerism is profitable for everyone. Image: C. J. Burton / Time  read more »

Cycling maps, bike routes - bicycle tours in Europe and connecting America by bicycle, 14,000 miles in 27 states

the US Bicycle Route System is taking shape after receiving funding, grants provided by: the SRAM Cycling Fund in Chicago, the Surdna Foundation, a grant-making foundation based in New York, and the Lazar Foundation, based in Portland, Oregon

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U.S. Bicycle Route System

United States Bicycle Route System taking shape

EuroVelo & USBRS. Bicycle route system project is part of a global trend, as countries & provinces establish national cycling networks — composed of on-road and trail facilities — to make cycling easier and more enjoyable in urban, suburban, and rural areas. Examples include the National Cycle Network in the United Kingdom, La Route Verte (the "Green Way") in Quebec Province, the D-Route Network in Germany, and VeloLand Switzerland. The U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) to be established could become the largest national cycling route network on the planet. These systems are spurring major growth in bicycling and other non-motorized trips, with corresponding reductions in fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.  read more »

To fight deforestation, Kenya in poverty ($857 GDP/capita) pledges to spend $20 billion & plant 7.6 billion trees

Top left: pupils of Olkimitare School planting trees at the school yard, one of Kicheche's projects; top right: working to encourage a ‘tree-planting culture’ among Kenya’s Christians, one of the most practical ways to bring healing to degraded landscapes & renewed hope to people who depend on wood as a key resource; bottom: members of GBM plant trees on an eroding hillside

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*Update* 2019
Ranking/Country/GDP-capita
1 Luxembourg 114,234
2 Switzerland 82,950
— Macau 82,388
3 Norway 81,695
4 Ireland 76,099
5 Iceland 74,278
6 Qatar 70,780
7 Singapore 64,041
8 US 62,606
9 Denmark 60,692
10 Australia 56,352
11 Sweden 53,873
12 Netherlands 53,106
13 Austria 51,509
14 Finland 49,845
15 San Marino 48,946
— Hong Kong 48,517
16 Germany 48,264
17 Belgium 46,724
18 Canada 46,261
19 France 42,878
20 UK 42,558
21 Israel 41,644
22 New Zealand 41,267
23 United Arab Emirates 40,711
24 Japan 39,306  read more »

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